Wednesday, June 29th, 2016-Golf Club of Estrella

Located just 30 minutes west of downtown Phoenix, this spectacular desert golf course, nestled in the master-planned community of Estrella, features challenging play in the midst of breathtaking beauty. This dramatic course of Nicklaus Design, with Jack Nicklaus ll as the primary designer, flows along the contours of the land, allowing washes and hillsides to remain in a pristine state. Golf Club of Estrella, consistently ranked by Golfweek magazine as one of the Top-Twenty Public Courses in Arizona is the ideal venue for tournament groups, charity events and corporate outings. Out staff provides pre-planning expertise to insure that your event will exceed all expectations.
Located just 30 minutes west of downtown Phoenix, this spectacular desert golf course, nestled in the master-planned community of Estrella, features challenging play in the midst of breathtaking beauty. This dramatic course of Nicklaus Design, with Jack Nicklaus ll as the primary designer, flows along the contours of the land, allowing washes and hillsides to remain in a pristine state. Golf Club of Estrella, consistently ranked by Golfweek magazine as one of the Top-Twenty Public Courses in Arizona is the ideal venue for tournament groups, charity events and corporate outings. Out staff provides pre-planning expertise to insure that your event will exceed all expectations.

Hot, I’m sure it was. Tony Rodriquez lowered the temp to 67 net and took 1st place in today’s event. Bill Myers captured 2nd place at 69 net and two tied at 71 net for third place. Steve Richter won out on a scorecard playoff to get the third place money. Dave Dean accepted the Atta-Boy and someone was heard to say good effort too. Next up, Saturday July 2 2016 Grayhawk 7:30:00 AM $50.00. Beautiful course, you don’t want to miss this one.

Golf Club of Estrella

Since opening to the public in 1994, Grayhawk Golf Club has proudly hosted golf enthusiasts worldwide – amateurs to professionals. And Grayhawk seems to shine the brightest when the spotlight of the golf world is firmly fixed on its two golf courses – Talon and Raptor – during competitive tournaments
Since opening to the public in 1994, Grayhawk Golf Club has proudly hosted golf enthusiasts worldwide – amateurs to professionals. And Grayhawk seems to shine the brightest when the spotlight of the golf world is firmly fixed on its two golf courses – Talon and Raptor – during competitive tournaments. Be there for VGA this coming Saturday, July 22nd, 2016

Saturday, June 25th, 2016-Southern Dunes

Sprawled across 320 acres of the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club provides a welcoming, laid-back ambiance. Here, amid uninhibited 360-degree views of Arizona’s magnificent desert expanse, this world-class, Troon Golf-managed facility offers impeccable course conditioning, unmatched playability and superlative customer service, thus ensuring an unparalleled round of extraordinary golf.
Sprawled across 320 acres of the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club provides a welcoming, laid-back ambiance. Here, amid uninhibited 360-degree views of Arizona’s magnificent desert expanse, this world-class, Troon Golf-managed facility offers impeccable course conditioning, unmatched playability and superlative customer service, thus ensuring an unparalleled round of extraordinary golf.

Thomas Hebert played a steady round and won at Southern Dunes with a 67 net today.  Nice win Tom.  Al Dan took 2nd place with a fine 69 net. Way to go Al. Tied at 70 net were Len Waller and Danny Clark. Len got 3rd on the scorecard playoff and Danny puts another Atta-Boy on the mantle at home. The course was very playable and as usual tough to handle today even if you play your best. The heat and flies came out to make it somewhat less than perfect. All and all it was fun to play it again. I would also say the grill makes on of the best tenderloin BBQ sandwiches I every tasted. Really good. Next up, Wednesday June 29 2016 GC of Estrella (Ranch) 7:27 AM $ 33.00. Another fine Troon Course, see you all there.

Southern Dunes 6-25-2016

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016-Rancho Manana

RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB, located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in historic Cave Creek, Arizona, features a Scottsdale area par 70, championship course with dramatic elevation changes and unspoiled desert terrain. Our stunning, high desert course invites you to match your skills against nature while enjoying the unparalleled and unforgettable surrounding desert. It's where Mother Nature plays!
Rancho Manana Golf Club, located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in historic Cave Creek, Arizona, features a Scottsdale area par 70, championship course with dramatic elevation changes and unspoiled desert terrain. Our stunning, high desert course invites you to match your skills against nature while enjoying the unparalleled and unforgettable surrounding desert. It’s where Mother Nature plays!
June 22nd Rancho Manana ResultsRancho Manana 6-22-2016

Tony Dalton scores a net 68 and took first place in today’s event. Tied at 68 net were John Pierce and John Euler. In a tale of “Two Johns”, John Pierce got second on the scorecard playoff and John Euler gets third place. Hot hot hot, waiting for mid October? Next up for VGA, Saturday June 25 2016 Southern Dunes 7:30 AM $ 38.00 and they don’t call it Dunes for nothing. If you like a challenging and cerebral course try this one out. Troon course so you know the playing conditions should be great.

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You don’t always get what you want. Just ask Dan Christiansen when he came up with this lie at Rancho Manana  Wed. June 22, 2016. Bet you pulled it out of there. Could be worse if you were a Lefty.

2016 Champion of Champions and Presidents Cup results.

Tony Dalton 2016 Champion of Champions winner, and President’s Cup winner too.

Champion of Champions final

Champion of Champions playoff between Tony Dalton for Wednesdays and Ken Baca for Saturdays played out last Saturday. Winner was Tony Dalton by 5 strokes 70 net to 75 net. Well done Tony and great job by Ken just to get there. 

The President’s Cup tournament, (Wednesday, April 13, 2016 and Saturday, April 16, 2016.) is open to all active members of the VGA. Since the VGA plays every Wednesday and every Saturday, the members can enter the tournament to play on Wednesdays, or Saturdays, or both. Participants must be willing and available to play on consecutive weeks until final winners are determined or they are eliminated from competition by losing their match. On the first day of the tournament, participants are paired by blind draw and each pair competes in a net hole by hole match until a winner is determined. On consecutive Page 1 Valley Golfers Association Tournaments Wednesdays and Saturdays, the previous week’s winners compete in pairs until one Wednesday pair and one Saturday pair remains. The winner of the final Wednesday pair then competes with the winner of the final Saturday pair for overall tournament first and second place. The losers of those matches must schedule a separate match to determine a winner for overall tournament third place. All matches are played under net hole by hole match play rules. The entry fee for competition is $10.00 paid by each participant to the tournament coordinator prior to the first match. No additional fees are required for subsequent matches. Each winner of each match throughout the tournament immediately receives $10.00 for the win. For the overall tournament, The VGA treasury pays $100.00 to the first place winner, $60.00 to the second place winner, and $40.00 to the third place winner. The treasury money is awarded at the annual awards dinner if the tournament winners are then known. If not, the awards are made upon completion of the tournament.


2016 President’s Cup Results

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Tony Dalton 2016 Champion of Champions
winner and President’s Cup winner too.
John Pierce,"Mr Cheese" Wednesday winner of Presidents Cup Competition.
John Pierce,”Mr Cheese” Wednesday 
winner of Presidents Cup Competition.

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Dalton is the finalist for Saturday’s competition and John Pierce “Mr Cheese if you please” is Wednesday’s finalist. These two will finish off by playing each other again in match play to capture the President’s cup. Neal Fisel who was beaten by Tony last Saturday will get 3rd place. Having observed Tony and John play last Wednesday for the Wednesday crown, it would be worthwhile to be a fly on the golf cart. Let the match begin soon and may the better player win. And they did finally get it done. Earth and Fire came together and no quarter was given. Tony Dalton prevailed 5-4 and sent John Pierce home from Dove Valley defeated in match play but not in life. Like I said wish I could have been there. Tony nice job man you are taking home all the gold.

Saturday, June 18th, 2016-Longbow

Longbow

Tommy (No Shoes) Hecocks does it even better this time. Just off his hole in one exploits at Karsten, he wins at Longbow with a coveted under 60 score of 59 net. Now that’s something Tom, well done indeed. Shooting a 65 net which would probably win 99% of the time, Doug Rankin captured 2nd place. Nice shooting Doug.  We had two players tied at 67 for third place, Jeff Currie and Bill Heller one of my playing partners for the day. Jeff got 3rd on the scorecard playoff and Bill had to settle for the Atta-Boy. All the same, Bill nice work. The weather held up long enough for most of the players to get in without heatstroke. Thanks to the early start time. All in all not bad. Next up for VGA, Wednesday June 22 2016 Rancho Manana GC at 7:33 AM for $ 38.00. Rancho Manana Golf Club, located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in historic Cave Creek, Arizona, features a Scottsdale area par 70, championship course with dramatic elevation changes and unspoiled desert terrain. Their stunning, high desert course invites you to match your skills against nature while enjoying the unparalleled and unforgettable surrounding desert. It’s where Mother Nature plays!

Longbow Golf Club 6-18-2016

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016-Verrado Golf Club

Tucked in the foothills of the White Tank Mountains in Buckeye, Arizona, stretching to more than 7,000 yards, and offering jaw dropping views and rugged natural beauty, Verrado Golf Club is an exceptional West Phoenix Valley golf experience that can accommodate golfers of all levels. After your round, the Verrado Grille restaurant is a great place to relax and take in the Sunset!
Tucked in the foothills of the White Tank Mountains in Buckeye, Arizona, stretching to more than 7,000 yards, and offering jaw dropping views and rugged natural beauty, Verrado Golf Club is an exceptional West Phoenix Valley golf experience that can accommodate golfers of all levels. After your round, the Verrado Grille restaurant is a great place to relax and take in the Sunset!

Look out VGA players, Neal Fisel is on a roll. His 67 net took 1st place at Verrado Golf Course today. Great job Neal Fisel. Three more players came in tied at net 70. Tony Dalton got 2nd place on the scorecard playoff, Ron Gunderson got 3rd and John Euler, well there was no room for John and he was awarded the Atta-Boy. Sorry John you must have quite a collection of them eh? Next up for VGA, Saturday June 18 2016 at Longbow (+) 7:04 AM for just $30.00. Great course especially for this price. Starts early to beat the heat so sign up now. Got some great pictures from Ron Amstutz vacationing in Bulgaria. Looks like he’s working on his golf game there. Check them out on this site on the media page. Was a great day for golf today weather wise and I’m sure the golf course was great too. See Ya at Longbow.

Verrado GC results for June 15th, 2016

Verrado 6-15-2016

VGA Board actions affecting Members.

Please comment by number, on items you wish to give VGA’s board feedback on. You can leave a reply at the bottom of this post.

1. Limit the number of guests during the prime season. Discussion: Members are being turned away because of too many guests for a special course. Members are signing up too early with an abnormal amount of guests. Suggestion: Set a policy to determine how guests are put into the field for all courses. Sign-up Policy: Motion made by John Adair as follows: Guests are permitted to sign-up no earlier than one week before the tournament event. Seconded by Jim Bays. All members voted in Favor to approve.

8. Dave Dean proposes bringing back competition between Sat. Golf League and VGA, and renaming the event “The O’Keefe Cup” in memory of Jim O’Keefe. Discussion: Board voted in favor of doing a Ryder Cup format with Sat. Golf League. 6 members in Favor. 5 members Against. VGA will play USGA rules and its regular tournament. Tony will discuss details with Dave Dean.

12. (A) Tom Hecocks made the motion with respect to taking the funds paid out for Presidents Cup Tournament as follows: Motion: One Two-Man Best Ball Tournament for a Wednesday and Saturday. Players will be matched up as follows: A and B player. Prize money will be $200 in addition to the regular prize money for each respective tournament. Prize money will come from VGA treasury. Event to be called the Peterson Two-Man Best Ball Tournament. Lloyd Snively seconded. All members voted in favor.

Saturday, June 11th, 2016-ASU Karsten

hanks to the generosity and vision of those who helped launch ASU Karsten Golf Course decades ago, this links-style Pete Dye course has been the home to one of the strongest collegiate golf programs in the country. Awarded 4 1/2 stars by the prestigious Golf Digest Rating Panel, this well maintained and challenging design features Dye’s signature mounding and creative bunkering – making proper club selection essential for low scoring.
Thanks to the generosity and vision of those who helped launch ASU Karsten Golf Course decades ago, this links-style Pete Dye course has been the home to one of the strongest collegiate golf programs in the country. Awarded 4 1/2 stars by the prestigious Golf Digest Rating Panel, this well maintained and challenging design features Dye’s signature mounding and creative bunkering – making proper club selection essential for low scoring.
Tom Hecocks.
Tom Hecocks holes out in 1 stroke # 16 at ASU Karsten today. Playing at 170 + yards. Can’t wipe that smile of your face for a week or two. Thank you for buying the members a round of drinks too.

Wow if you missed this one you missed some fun. There was Neal Fisel acting like a cowboy at his first rodeo riding the hills of Karsten in perfect form. Smokin the field for 1st place and a great 63 net score. Good one Neal. Then there was Tim Haight coming in at 66 net, three strokes off Neal’s pace and claiming 2nd place, you got a groove going my man. Tied at 67 nets was my golf partner for the day Ron Gunderson, ever struggling but getting in for third place on the scorecard playoff and leaving another great effort by Eddie Little with the Atta-Boy. The big deal of the day was Tom Hecocks scoring a hole in one on # 16 hole. That my friends is no easy task. My only claim to fame on that hole is that I have actually hit the power lines twice before when playing the back tees. No hole in ones though, great work Tom. (It’s gotta be the no shoes)

The rain from the previous night made it a little humid but as I checked my weather on the last couple of holes the temperature was only 95. So that wasn’t a factor for most of us. Rumor was that Doug Rankin was run over by a runaway golf cart driven by his golf partner, but suffered mostly dignity injuries. Doug Patterson has applied for Bondurant School of driving training  in Phoenix. Have to be careful out there guys. Next up for VGA, Wednesday June 15 2016 Verrado (Raven) GC 7:15 AM $ 35.00, I’m told this course is great to play. Get out there.

Tommy “No shoes” Hecocks is back in town and added a Hole in One on #16 at ASU Karsten to his golf memorabilia. Due to a low spot where the pin is placed, Tom didn’t get to see his ball go in but low and behold there it was. Sweet!

Karsten Golf Course @ ASU 6-11-2016

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016-The Boulders

The Boulders
Tucked into the Sonoran Desert foothills of Scottsdale, Arizona, The Boulders provides a warm sense of renewal in a stirring atmosphere. Twelve-million-year-old granite boulder formations grace the landscape, melding architecture with nature in a ruggedly luxurious manner. Unsurpassed amenities, including a luxurious spa, two championship golf courses, and pampering service provide members the opportunity to indulge in a breathtaking setting. Awe-inspiring views create the ideal backdrop for social events, golf tournaments, and other member activities. The Boulders is a radiant oasis — boasting unparalleled natural beauty and an indulgent atmosphere that rejuvenates the soul. Members enjoy a host of onsite recreational activities including tennis, swimming, hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Grab your clubs for an unforgettable round of golf on our world-class,18-hole championship courses. Lounge in one of our four swimming pools. Or just enjoy a moment of quiet solitude, and soak in the sweeping Sonoran Desert views.

Kenny Baca takes 1st place at The Boulders golf course today. Ken was in my group of three that started the day at around 7:30 am and played a steady round most of the day for 63 net. Great job Ken. Tony Dalton took 2nd place at 68 net and Tony Rodriquez and Tim Haight tied at 71 nets. Tony won out on a scorecard playoff for 3rd place and Tim suffered the Atta-Boy prize. Starting at an earlier time helped keep the temps under control and the beautiful scenery made for a very enjoyable round of spectacular golf. Hope all of your’s was the same. Next up for VGA, Saturday June 11 2016 ASU Karsten (+) 6:20 AM $ 31.00. Talk about a course that can have you talking to yourself, this one can, but it’s also challenging and a lot of fun. See you there.

Boulders 6-8-2016

Congratulations to John Phillips former VGA member for finishing 1st in his flight at Grayhawk this weekend in the Golf Channel Am Tour Southwestern Classic.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016-Quintero

Rees Jones has taken a pristine piece of lush Arizona desert and created Quintero Golf Club, often described as the “Purest Golf Experience” in the Southwest. Created in the tradition of some of the world’s most renowned golf courses, Quintero’s focus is to provide members and their guests with the finest playing surfaces, warm personal hospitality and the ultimate challenge for their individual games. Membership at Quintero provides a totally pure golf experience on a challenging, championship golf course. The course has been created to offer a unique playing opportunity, testing players of all levels of expertise. From the tips, Quintero offers even the scratch golfer a challenge demanding exacting shots from tee to green. Playing over 7200 yards from the Championship tees, and a comfortable 5043 yards from the forward tees, the Quintero experience offers strategic bunker placement, generous landing areas (for the straight hitters) and multi-level bentgrass greens often referred to as some of the smoothest and truest in the Southwest.
Rees Jones has taken a pristine piece of lush Arizona desert and created Quintero Golf Club, often described as the “Purest Golf Experience” in the Southwest. Created in the tradition of some of the world’s most renowned golf courses, Quintero’s focus is to provide members and their guests with the finest playing surfaces, warm personal hospitality and the ultimate challenge for their individual games.
Membership at Quintero provides a totally pure golf experience on a challenging, championship golf course. The course has been created to offer a unique playing opportunity, testing players of all levels of expertise. From the tips, Quintero offers even the scratch golfer a challenge demanding exacting shots from tee to green. Playing over 7200 yards from the Championship tees, and a comfortable 5043 yards from the forward tees, the Quintero experience offers strategic bunker placement, generous landing areas (for the straight hitters) and multi-level bentgrass greens often referred to as some of the smoothest and truest in the Southwest.

Smokin hot, with temperatures predicted to top 115 degrees and a 9am start time, this chicken decided to forgo playing one of the better tracks we play during the year. Others of a more stout constitution did not forgo the heat and flourished in it. Ron Gunderson did and took first place with a 73 net. In 2nd place and playing very well as of late, Steve Richter with a 74 net. Tied for the 3rd place money at 75s, Jim White and Dan Christiansen. Jim prevailed on the scorecard playoff and Dan took home an Atta-Boy for his trophy case. I noticed the scores were a little higher than normal. I had heard they had just aerated the greens and of course the heat and a 128 slope rating on the very up tees probably accounted for that. We got another picturesque and challenging event this Wednesday June 8, 2016 The Boulders 7:30 AM $ 53.00.  Having never played it before I look forward to giving it a try. This course exceeds $250 to play in the Winter so now is a reasonable chance to check it out. See you out there I hope.

Quintero Golf Club 6-4-2016

Hit them Long, Hit them Straight and in my case Hit them Often.

 

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016-Palmbrook

Originally opening in 1972, Palmbrook Country Club offers the most FUN Golf Country Club experience in Sun City, Arizona. The 6,500 yard Jeff Hardin designed golf course offers an exceptional park style tree lined golf course with newly updated bunkers and course amenities. The brook meandering through the back nine enhances the beauty of the course while putting a premium on well hit tee shots.
Originally opening in 1972, Palmbrook Country Club offers the most FUN Golf Country Club experience in Sun City, Arizona. The 6,500 yard Jeff Hardin designed golf course offers an exceptional park style tree lined golf course with newly updated bunkers and course amenities. The brook meandering through the back nine enhances the beauty of the course while putting a premium on well hit tee shots.

Hello! Steve Richter is climbing the Big Dog ladder with another good performance at Palmbrook. Claiming 1st place with a 66 net and a 3 stroke win over, Fred Baldwin and Olie Wentzel and Jim Bays who all tied at 69 net. Fred got 2nd place by besting Olie on the scorecard playoff and “Good Luck”, Jim had none, brought home the Atta-Boy. Excellent weather today, breezy but not too bad and still within comfortable heat temps. Next VGA event, Saturday June 4 2016 Quintero 9:00 AM $ 39.00, be there and take your air conditioned underwear.

Palmbrook 6-1-2016